A combo of 2 favorite breads, this Paleo Zucchini Banana Bread is grain and gluten free, packed with zucchini and banana, and has no added sweetener. Perfect for a healthy treat, snack, breakfast, or even meal prep!
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I baked something for you guys!! Who am I!?! I don’t know the last time I made a baked good for the blog, maybe last year? It’s been a while for sure. When my family was in town the other week I had some bananas that were getting brown and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to bake something with them. I’m not a baker, but my sister definitely knows her stuff, so I knew she would be a great help, and she was! This paleo zucchini banana bread came out great, and I knew I had to make it again and share it with y’all!
Since I don’t bake too often, my baking ingredients just sit in my pantry for months and months (and maybe even years
😬). Food storage is important for me though because I hate wasting food and refuse to throw it away. It’s also important when it comes to keeping your house free of bugs. Growing up my mom was super cautious about how we stored food in the house. I grew up in a house from the 1800s and things were old. Animals and bugs could get in and she made it a point to store food the proper way so they couldn’t get into it.
It wasn’t until we moved to Austin that I really discovered bugs though. Sure, we would get ants, spiders, or even centipedes in our house growing up, but Austin bugs blew those out of the water. Hello cockroaches. I’ve never seen a bug so big in my life that moved so fast and could fly. Cue the freak out. I do not like bugs one bit, and I refuse to have them in my house. The house we were previously renting was prone to bugs because of the way it was set up. But when we bought our new house, I wanted to make sure our house and our food (because that is what is important!) were protected. And that is where Orkin Pest Control comes in!
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It wasn’t until working with them that I really found out what bugs do to your home. Sure they are a nuisance and gross, but they can actually be a hazard. Food contamination is a major concern with ants and cockroaches – both carry bacteria on their bodies, which spreads when they crawl in pantries and across countertops. Pests come inside looking for food sources and the kitchen is a goldmine full of sweets, proteins, and fats for them. But, the cleaner your kitchen, the less inviting it is to ants, flies, and cockroaches.
I’m sharing some tips and tricks and easy ways to implement them:
- After you’ve opened food, seal it in an airtight container. Pest can get inside the pantry and into packaged products after they are opened, which they use as a breeding site and food source. Cookies, chips, crackers, cereal, nuts, pasta, flour, and dried baking products are susceptible. I love storing everything in glass containers! Not only is it eco-friendly, they are sealed tight and can be reused over and over again. You can also see what is in them and makes for neat storage instead of trying to route through boxes and bags for ingredients.
- Pests like to use paper and cardboard boxes for shelter (another reason to remove cardboard boxes from the kitchen). Don’t leave boxes from Amazon laying around and recycle trash immediately.
- Don’t leave dirty dishes out overnight. This includes in the sink and anywhere you might eat. Also, who likes waking up to a dirty kitchen?! Not me.
- Clean appliances regularly! I know my rice maker and crockpot can get residue on it from time to time. Make sure you are wiping them down after each use so it doesn’t attract bugs.
If you have a pest problem or want to protect your home from future invaders, it’s best to seek expert advice and service from a licensed pest management professional. I find that DYI pest control almost always challenges the average homeowner and often results in frustration and failure. Orkin’s highly-trained specialists will inspect your home from top to bottom and design a custom solution to fit your home’s unique needs.
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Paleo Zucchini Banana Bread
With my pantry and kitchen organized and free from bugs, we can now get baking. This zucchini banana bread is really quite easy. If I can do it, so can you! This is what you need:
- ripe bananas (the riper the sweeter the bread will be)
- tigernut flour
- almond milk
- baking soda & powder
Most of the ingredients you will already probably have on hand, except maybe the tigernut flour. I stumbled upon this flour at Sprouts on the clearance rack and bought it on a whim. If you were like me and had no idea what a tigernut was, let me give you the details! A tigernut is a small root vegetable with a great nutrition profile. It has as much iron as red meat, as much potassium as a coconut, and is loaded with prebiotic fiber, which helps with digestion and fuels probiotic bacteria. Just one serving has 10g of fiber! It has a slightly nutty flavor, but is pretty neutral overall.
Bonus is this bread is also sweetener-free!! I felt the bananas, cinnamon, and almond milk gave it enough sweetness just as is. My sister and family agreed as well. To give you a fair warning – this bread is pretty moist. The bananas and zucchini help with that and since it is paleo, it doesn’t have the chewiness you would find in regular bread. But it is still absolutely amazing!
This paleo zucchini banana bread makes the perfect healthy breakfast addition, snack, or treat. I’ve been eating it plain, but also put some in my smoothie one day and am thinking it would be bomb with some almond butter on it. It even keeps in the fridge for up to a week (I tested it) and would be great for meal prep! Just store in a tightly sealed glass container and enjoy whenever!
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Paleo Zucchini Banana Bread
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a bread pan with parchment paper.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, add banana and mash with a fork/whisk until smooth. Add eggs and almond milk and whisk until combined. Add tigernut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and whisk to combine. Add zucchini and mix well.
- Bake for 55-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from pan and let cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Enjoy!
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